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    Recovery from today - Unimog and Triton from blacksoil.

    Bit of a recovery story today.

    Local tow company got in touch with me thismorning, wanting to know if I'd be interested in recovering their Unimog that they had sent to go get some bogged RAAFies 35km out of town.

    Pull a Unimog out of wetland black soil? Bloody oath!!

    Followed the tow truck guy out to the spot and met some random lads who were out fishing and offered to give us a hand. Pair of legends ran cables and helped shovel the whole time.





    The Mog actually came out pretty easy, as i had nice solid ground to snatch from, and some bog mats for it to climb on up to.





    It left some impressive holes though. Feel sorry for the next guy that comes through in a Hilux when this is all covered in water again lol



    The RAAFies Triton was a few hundred meters further into the slop, so we parked the unimog up and headed in with Zombie to get it as well.



    It was proper stuck lol. It had sat there in the mud, getting rained on since the weekend (6 days). They weren't sure if i'd wreck anything yanking it straight out, so they started to use one of those exhaust bag things. Waste of time and effort though. Should have just snatched it out.



    We had planed to pull it out of it's hole then turn it around, but as per the video I thought it was safer just to skull drag it all the way out to the nearest dry bit.



    Once we hit some dry stuff it became clear I had pulled one of the front tires off it's bead while dragging it, so had to swap on the spare. It only had shity road tires on it. It was amazing it got in as far as it did.




    Made it back onto an old highway and began the trip home. Poor Unimog tops out at 80kph so it was a slow run back to town.


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    Mog doesn't look like it's on particularly well suited rubber either!
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    I'm impressed that Triton got as far as it did on HT's.

    Zombie looks like it made short work of it all, even in the sticky as shit black soil.. One thing I don't miss about living in the territory (although I was always able to self recover)
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    I was just taking to the Unimog owner earlier and he got a little more info from the triton guy. Apparently there were 3 of them, Triton, FJ Cruiser and Ranger, all similar setups.

    Last weekend when they went out it was wet but unbroken so the 3 of them on their road tires made it that far on the crust, until one of them broke through and it was all over.

    That night the river came up and 120mm of rain dropped. The Uni went in and managed to get 2 of them out with a massive long winch pull from where it was stuck. So like a 200-300m pull lol... On that old hydo winch would have taken all night.

    Uni driver said that when they left the triton and Uni on Sunday night it was still raining and the ute had running water up to the floor.
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    I woulda thought the Mog would have been pretty un-stoppable - I'm guessing conditions were worse when it went in?
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    This has left me with mixed feelings.
    I've always wanted a unimog because i thought they were unstoppable but maybe i need a Zombie...
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    It just isn't suited to these conditions. Too heavy and nowhere near enough tyre for this bottomless blacksoil slop. Unimog strikes me as a fine rig for trail, and rock work, maybe even sand... but to wide and too heavy for anything like this.

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    They also roll easily, they have ridiculously high COG. As per the inquest currently underway.

    If I was going to build a truck based tourer itd be one of those 4x4 Iveco Daily crew cabs.

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    Nice job on rescuing them!

    We have a bigger brother to the 4x4 Daily, the 6x6 Trakker

    It's a pretty impressive beast, but on occasion it has been sunk. When that happens we get the backhoe, they're basically the most unstoppable offroad weapon there is.

    Our 4x4 Deer is probably on par with a mog for comfort and not too much slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da9jeff View Post
    If I was going to build a truck based tourer itd be one of those 4x4 Iveco Daily crew cabs.
    The you have to fix their appalling front brakes. Which is doable with an aftermarket kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DROOPZ View Post
    It just isn't suited to these conditions. Too heavy and nowhere near enough tyre for this bottomless blacksoil slop. Unimog strikes me as a fine rig for trail, and rock work, maybe even sand... but to wide and too heavy for anything like this.
    Did the Army have a lot of issues with the Mogs in the top end?

    I've noticed that the artillery were towing their guns with Isuzu 4x4 trucks when they drove past yesterday.
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